Midland Mencap FC, Birmingham Ability Counts League, Match Report Sunday 17th December 2023

Squad:

James Lowe – Today’s captain, Ben Twells, Katharine Hyslop, Jordan Chandler, Dale Shore and Scott Cox.

Unfortunately for our last set of games we were without 3 regular players with Oliver Clayton, Liam Black & Sam Robinson unavailable. Everyone wished them all a great Christmas and hoped to see them all again in 2024!

The weather was certainly chilly, and it welcomed the Mencap media team (Zaryab & Lewis) to witness their first session. They were also able to photo all the players in their brilliant new kit and complete numerous interviews with players and parents.

The players all looked buoyed by their physical appearance in their new kit – which was fantastic!

Versus Sutton Blues

Game 1

Score: MMFC 0-2 Sutton Blues

Team: Scott Cox (GK), James Lowe, Kath Hyslop, Jordan Chandler, Ben Twells

This game got off at a cracking pace with both sides going close! Scott Cox was forced to make two splendid saves and MM showed some great passing moves. Captain for the day, James Lowe had two tremendous shots just go wide as MM pressed forward. A slight defensive mix up allowed the opponents to score their first goal. Just before the final whistle Sutton sneaked another goal, but MM had contributed to an excellent game.

Game 2

Score MMFC 0-1 Sutton Blues

Team: Dale Shore (GK), Ben Twells, James Lowe, Kath Hyslop, Scott Cox & Jordan Chandler

This game was very exciting, with chances at both ends. Jordan Chandler had a great shot that went close as did James Lowe. This was followed be a super challenge from Ben Twells chasing back. Then Scott Cox came to rescue the team with a fabulous clearance. Despite all the great defending, MM conceded a goal against the run of play. There was still time for an equaliser and both Scott and James going close – with James’ shot hitting the post.

Versus Aston Villa

Game 1:

Score: MMFC 0-0 AVFC

Team: Scott Cox (GK), James Lowe, Kath Hyslop, Jordan Chandler & Ben Twells

What a game! Against very strong opposition MM really all worked hard, together to keep out the opponents. There was some really great tackling and interceptions to deny Villa. After some great passing MM hit the post, through James Lowe.

Kath, Jordan & Ben all worked really well in both attack and defence. Then, Scott Cox was called into action again, making two really super saves.

The game ended goalless, but it was a fine performance from MM.

Game 2:

Score MMFC 1-1 AVFC

Team: Scott Cox (GK), Jordan Chandler, Dale Shore, Ben Twells & Kath Hyslop

MM continued to try to play good football with lots of passing to each other. Their first great move resulted in a corner. This was followed by a great shot from Dale Shore that just went wide! Then another shot from Dale hit the post before MM took the lead through a tremendous Ben Twells strike.

The game continued end to end with Kath Hyslop passing to Jordan Chandler who hit another great shot wide. At the other end GK Scott Cox made two fab saves to keep MM ahead.

With the seconds running down AVFC manged to scramble an equaliser to finish off a great game.

Versus Birmingham City

Game 1:

Score: MMFC 1-0 BCFC

Team: Dale Shore (GK), Kath Hyslop, Scott Cox, Ben Twells & Jordan Chandler

The coaches changed the MM set up around a little for this game with Dale going in goal with Scott slotting in at the back and Kath going up front. The team showed great spirit in their defending and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions. Dale was forced into making two great saves, whilst just before James came on as a sub, Kath had set up some chances and one of those opportunities was rewarded when Jordan Chandler struck a great long-range effort that proved to be the deserved winning goal!

Game 2:

Score MMFC 0-3 BCFC

Team: Dale Shore (GK), Kath Hyslop, Scott Cox, Ben Twells and Jordan Chandler

In our final game of the day BCFC just proved a little too strong for a spirited MM team. Despite some great goalkeeping from Dale and some great blocks, clearances and challenges from Jordan, Kath, Scott and Ben MM slipped to defeat, but came out of all their games with enormous pride.

Well played everyone!

In the post-match interview a truly delighted team manager, Suzanne Cashmore, was glowing in her praise for all the team members: “Charis and I have been absolutely delighted with how the team played today, both individually and as a team”. Suzanne added “their performance today showed how far they have all progressed; two draws and a great win was the ideal way to sign off for Christmas”

The fan zone also echoed those comments, with Ian ‘Tesco’ Chandler, Adrian ‘funny boy’ Twells & Mick ‘the cap’ Cox all vocal in their support of the team. The ladies were of course in total support but showed much more decorum.

Referee Roy was as even handed as usual despite large wads on fivers being waved in his face from the rowdy support crowd!

The players and coaching staff want to wish everyone a happy Christmas and healthy New Year and we look to welcoming everyone back in 2024, not only to the Sunday Ability Counts League, but also the Tuesday early evening sessions at Moseley School.

Happy Christmas to you all.

Author: John Hyslop


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